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The science-fiction writer John Scalzi has aptly referred to READY PLAYER ONE as a nerdgasm [and] there can be no better one-word description of this ardent fantasy artifact about fantasy culture But Mr. Cline is able to incorporate his favorite toys and games into a perfectly accessible narrative. Janet Maslin, "The New York Times"
Triggers memories and emotions embedded in the psyche of a generation...[Cline crafts] a fresh and imaginative world from our old toy box, and finds significance in there among the collectibles. "A- Entertainment Weekly
" A most excellent ride the conceit is a smart one, and we happily root for [the heroes] on their quest fully satisfying. "Boston Globe"
Enchanting "Willy Wonka" meets the "Matrix." This novel undoubtedly qualifies Cline as the hottest geek on the planet right now. [But] you don't have to be a geek to get it. "USA Today "
Ridiculously fun and large-hearted, and you don't have to remember the Reagan administration to love it [Cline] takes a far-out premise and engages the reader instantly You'll wish you could make it go on and on. NPR.org
A fun, funny and fabulously entertaining first novel This novel's large dose of 1980s trivia is a delight [but] even readers who need Google to identify Commodore 64 or Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde, will enjoy this memorabilian feast. "Cleveland Plain Dealer
"
The grown-up's 'Harry Potter the mystery and fantasy in this novel weaves itself in the most delightful way, and the details that make up Mr. Cline's world are simply astounding.READY PLAYER ONEhas it all. "Huffington Post"
Incredibly entertaining Drawing on everything from "Back to the Future" to Roald Dahl to Neal Stephenson's groundbreaking "Snow Crash," Cline has madeREADY PLAYER ONEa geek fantasia, '80s culture memoir and commentary on the future of online behavior all at once. "Austin American-Statesman
"
"READY PLAYER ONEis the ultimate lottery ticket." "New York Daily News"
"This non-gamer loved every page of READY PLAYER ONE." Charlaine Harris, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series
A treasure for anyone already nostalgic for the late 20th century. . . But it s also a great read for anyone who likes a good book. Wired.com
Gorgeously geeky, superbly entertaining, this really is a spectacularly successful debut. "Daily Mail" (UK)
A gunshot of fun with a wicked sense of timing and a cast of characters that you're pumping your fist in the air with whenever they succeed. I haven't been this much on the edge of my seat for an ending in years. "Chicago Reader"
A rollicking, surprise-laden, potboiling, thrilling adventure story . I loved every sentence of this book Mark Frauenfelder, "BoingBoing"
"A 'frakking' good read [featuring] incredible creative detail I grinned at the sheer audacity of Cline's imagination. "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"
" "[A] fantastic page-turner .READY PLAYER ONEmay be science fiction, but it's also written for people who have never picked up an SF novel in their lives " Annalee Newitz, io9.com
"Fascinating and imaginative It's non-stop action when gamers must navigate clever puzzles and outwit determined enemies in a virtual world in order to save a real one. Readers are in for a wild ride." Terry Brooks, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of the Shannara series
I was blown away by this book A book of ideas, a potboiler, a game-within-a-novel, a serious science-fiction epic, a comic pop culture mash-up call this novel what you will, but READY PLAYER ONE will defy every label you try to put on it. Here, finally, is this generation s Neuromancer. Will Lavender, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Dominance"
I really, really loved READY PLAYER ONE Cline expertly mines a copious vein of 1980s pop culture, catapulting the reader on a light-speed adventure in an advanced but backward-looking future. Daniel H. Wilson, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Robopocalypse"
A nerdgasm imagine Dungeons and Dragons and an 80s video arcade made hot, sweet love, and their child was raised in Azeroth. John Scalzi, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Old Man s War
"
Completely fricking awesome...This book pleased every geeky bone in my geeky body. I felt like it was written just for me. Patrick Rothfuss, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Wise Man s Fear
" An exuberantly realized, exciting, and sweet-natured cyber-quest. Cline s imaginative and rollicking coming-of-age geek saga has a smash-hit vibe. "Booklist, " starred review
"This adrenaline shot of uncut geekdom, a quest through a virtual world, is loaded with enough 1980s nostalgia to please even the most devoted John Hughes fans sweet, self-deprecating Wade, whose universe is an odd mix of the real past and the virtual present, is the perfect lovable/unlikely hero. "Publishers Weekly, " Pick of the Week
"

The science-fiction writer John Scalzi has aptly referred to READY PLAYER ONE as a nerdgasm [and] there can be no better one-word description of this ardent fantasy artifact about fantasy culture But Mr. Cline is able to incorporate his favorite toys and games into a perfectly accessible narrative. Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Triggers memories and emotions embedded in the psyche of a generation...[Cline crafts] a fresh and imaginative world from our old toy box, and finds significance in there among the collectibles. A- Entertainment Weekly
A most excellent ride the conceit is a smart one, and we happily root for [the heroes] on their quest fully satisfying. Boston Globe
Enchanting Willy Wonka meets the Matrix. This novel undoubtedly qualifies Cline as the hottest geek on the planet right now. [But] you don't have to be a geek to get it. USA Today
Ridiculously fun and large-hearted, and you don't have to remember the Reagan administration to love it [Cline] takes a far-out premise and engages the reader instantly You'll wish you could make it go on and on. NPR.org
A fun, funny and fabulously entertaining first novel This novel's large dose of 1980s trivia is a delight [but] even readers who need Google to identify Commodore 64 or Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde, will enjoy this memorabilian feast. Cleveland Plain Dealer

The grown-up's 'Harry Potter the mystery and fantasy in this novel weaves itself in the most delightful way, and the details that make up Mr. Cline's world are simply astounding.READY PLAYER ONEhas it all. Huffington Post
Incredibly entertaining Drawing on everything from "Back to the Future" to Roald Dahl to Neal Stephenson's groundbreaking "Snow Crash," Cline has madeREADY PLAYER ONEa geek fantasia, '80s culture memoir and commentary on the future of online behavior all at once. Austin American-Statesman

"READY PLAYER ONEis the ultimate lottery ticket." New York Daily News
"This non-gamer loved every page of READY PLAYER ONE." Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series
A treasure for anyone already nostalgic for the late 20th century. . . But it s also a great read for anyone who likes a good book. Wired.com
Gorgeously geeky, superbly entertaining, this really is a spectacularly successful debut. Daily Mail (UK)
A gunshot of fun with a wicked sense of timing and a cast of characters that you're pumping your fist in the air with whenever they succeed. I haven't been this much on the edge of my seat for an ending in years. Chicago Reader
A rollicking, surprise-laden, potboiling, thrilling adventure story . I loved every sentence of this book Mark Frauenfelder, BoingBoing
"A 'frakking' good read [featuring] incredible creative detail I grinned at the sheer audacity of Cline's imagination. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

[A] fantastic page-turner .READY PLAYER ONEmay be science fiction, but it's also written for people who have never picked up an SF novel in their lives " Annalee Newitz, io9.com
"Fascinating and imaginative It's non-stop action when gamers must navigate clever puzzles and outwit determined enemies in a virtual world in order to save a real one. Readers are in for a wild ride." Terry Brooks, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shannara series
I was blown away by this book A book of ideas, a potboiler, a game-within-a-novel, a serious science-fiction epic, a comic pop culture mash-up call this novel what you will, but READY PLAYER ONE will defy every label you try to put on it. Here, finally, is this generation s Neuromancer. Will Lavender, New York Times bestselling author of Dominance
I really, really loved READY PLAYER ONE Cline expertly mines a copious vein of 1980s pop culture, catapulting the reader on a light-speed adventure in an advanced but backward-looking future. Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse
A nerdgasm imagine Dungeons and Dragons and an 80s video arcade made hot, sweet love, and their child was raised in Azeroth. John Scalzi, New York Times bestselling author of Old Man s War

Completely fricking awesome...This book pleased every geeky bone in my geeky body. I felt like it was written just for me. Patrick Rothfuss, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wise Man s Fear
An exuberantly realized, exciting, and sweet-natured cyber-quest. Cline s imaginative and rollicking coming-of-age geek saga has a smash-hit vibe. Booklist, starred review
"This adrenaline shot of uncut geekdom, a quest through a virtual world, is loaded with enough 1980s nostalgia to please even the most devoted John Hughes fans sweet, self-deprecating Wade, whose universe is an odd mix of the real past and the virtual present, is the perfect lovable/unlikely hero. Publishers Weekly, Pick of the Week

"

-The science-fiction writer John Scalzi has aptly referred to READY PLAYER ONE as a -nerdgasm- [and] there can be no better one-word description of this ardent fantasy artifact about fantasy culture...But Mr. Cline is able to incorporate his favorite toys and games into a perfectly accessible narrative.---Janet Maslin, The New York Times
-Triggers memories and emotions embedded in the psyche of a generation...[Cline crafts] a fresh and imaginative world from our old toy box, and finds significance in there among the collectibles. A----Entertainment Weekly
-A most excellent ride...the conceit is a smart one, and we happily root for [the heroes] on their quest...fully satisfying.---Boston Globe
-Enchanting...Willy Wonka meets the Matrix. This novel undoubtedly qualifies Cline as the hottest geek on the planet right now. [But] you don't have to be a geek to get it.---USA Today
-Ridiculously fun and large-hearted, and you don't have to remember the Reagan administration to love it...[Cline] takes a far-out premise and engages the reader instantly...You'll wish you could make it go on and on.---NPR.org
-A fun, funny and fabulously entertaining first novel...This novel's large dose of 1980s trivia is a delight...[but] even readers who need Google to identify Commodore 64 or Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde, will enjoy this memorabilian feast.---Cleveland Plain Dealer

-The grown-up's 'Harry Potter'...the mystery and fantasy in this novel weaves itself in the most delightful way, and the details that make up Mr. Cline's world are simply astounding. READY PLAYER ONE has it all.---Huffington Post
-Incredibly entertaining...Drawing on everything from -Back to the Future- to Roald Dahl to Neal Stephenson's groundbreaking -Snow Crash, - Cline has made READY PLAYER ONE a geek fantasia, '80s culture memoir and commentary on the future of online behavior all at once.---Austin American-Statesman

-READY PLAYER ONE is the ultimate lottery ticket.---New York Daily News
-This non-gamer loved every page of READY PLAYER ONE.---Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series
-A treasure for anyone already nostalgic for the late 20th century. . . But it's also a great read for anyone who likes a good book.---Wired.com
-Gorgeously geeky, superbly entertaining, this really is a spectacularly successful debut.---Daily Mail (UK)
-A gunshot of fun with a wicked sense of timing and a cast of characters that you're pumping your fist in the air with whenever they succeed. I haven't been this much on the edge of my seat for an ending in years.---Chicago Reader
-A rollicking, surprise-laden, potboiling, thrilling adventure story.... I loved every sentence of this book---Mark Frauenfelder, BoingBoing
-A 'frakking' good read [featuring] incredible creative detail...I grinned at the sheer audacity of Cline's imagination.---Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

-[A] fantastic page-turner....READY PLAYER ONE may be science fiction, but it's also written for people who have never picked up an SF novel in their lives...---Annalee Newitz, io9.com
-Fascinating and imaginative...It's non-stop action when gamers must navigate clever puzzles and outwit determined enemies in a virtual world in order to save a real one. Readers are in for a wild ride.---Terry Brooks, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shannara series
-I was blown away by this book...A book of ideas, a potboiler, a game-within-a-novel, a serious science-fiction epic, a comic pop culture mash-up-call this novel what you will, but READY PLAYER ONE will defy every label you try to put on it. Here, finally, is this generation's Neuromancer.---Will Lavender, New York Times bestselling author of Dominance
-I really, really loved READY PLAYER ONE...Cline expertly mines a copious vein of 1980s pop culture, catapulting the reader on a light-speed adventure in an advanced but backward-looking future.--- Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse
-A nerdgasm...imagine Dungeons and Dragons and an 80s video arcade made hot, sweet love, and their child was raised in Azeroth.---John Scalzi, New York Times bestselling author of Old Man's War

-Completely fricking awesome...This book pleased every geeky bone in my geeky body. I felt like it was written just for me.---Patrick Rothfuss, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wise Man's Fear
-An exuberantly realized, exciting, and sweet-natured cyber-quest. Cline's imaginative and rollicking coming-of-age geek saga has a smash-hit vibe.---Booklist, starred review
-This adrenaline shot of uncut geekdom, a quest through a virtual world, is loaded with enough 1980s nostalgia to please even the most devoted John Hughes fans... sweet, self-deprecating Wade, whose universe is an odd mix of the real past and the virtual present, is the perfect lovable/unlikely hero.---Publishers Weekly, Pick of the Week



"The science-fiction writer John Scalzi has aptly referred to READY PLAYER ONE as a "nerdgasm" [and] there can be no better one-word description of this ardent fantasy artifact about fantasy culture...But Mr. Cline is able to incorporate his favorite toys and games into a perfectly accessible narrative."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Triggers memories and emotions embedded in the psyche of a generation...[Cline crafts] a fresh and imaginative world from our old toy box, and finds significance in there among the collectibles. A-"--Entertainment Weekly

"A most excellent ride...the conceit is a smart one, and we happily root for [the heroes] on their quest...fully satisfying."--Boston Globe

"Enchanting...Willy Wonka meets the Matrix. This novel undoubtedly qualifies Cline as the hottest geek on the planet right now. [But] you don't have to be a geek to get it."--USA Today

"Ridiculously fun and large-hearted, and you don't have to remember the Reagan administration to love it...[Cline] takes a far-out premise and engages the reader instantly...You'll wish you could make it go on and on."--NPR.org

"A fun, funny and fabulously entertaining first novel...This novel's large dose of 1980s trivia is a delight...[but] even readers who need Google to identify Commodore 64 or Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde, will enjoy this memorabilian feast."--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"The grown-up's 'Harry Potter'...the mystery and fantasy in this novel weaves itself in the most delightful way, and the details that make up Mr. Cline's world are simply astounding. READY PLAYER ONE has it all."--Huffington Post

"Incredibly entertaining...Drawing on everything from "Back to the Future" to Roald Dahl to Neal Stephenson's groundbreaking "Snow Crash," Cline has made READY PLAYER ONE a geek fantasia, '80s culture memoir and commentary on the future of online behavior all at once."--Austin American-Statesman

"READY PLAYER ONE is the ultimate lottery ticket."--New York Daily News

"This non-gamer loved every page of READY PLAYER ONE."--Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series

"A treasure for anyone already nostalgic for the late 20th century. . . But it's also a great read for anyone who likes a good book."--Wired.com

"Gorgeously geeky, superbly entertaining, this really is a spectacularly successful debut."--Daily Mail (UK)

"A gunshot of fun with a wicked sense of timing and a cast of characters that you're pumping your fist in the air with whenever they succeed. I haven't been this much on the edge of my seat for an ending in years."--Chicago Reader

"A rollicking, surprise-laden, potboiling, thrilling adventure story.... I loved every sentence of this book"--Mark Frauenfelder, BoingBoing

"A 'frakking' good read [featuring] incredible creative detail...I grinned at the sheer audacity of Cline's imagination."--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"[A] fantastic page-turner....READY PLAYER ONE may be science fiction, but it's also written for people who have never picked up an SF novel in their lives..."--Annalee Newitz, io9.com

"Fascinating and imaginative...It's non-stop action when gamers must navigate clever puzzles and outwit determined enemies in a virtual world in order to save a real one. Readers are in for a wild ride."--Terry Brooks, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shannara series

"I was blown away by this book...A book of ideas, a potboiler, a game-within-a-novel, a serious science-fiction epic, a comic pop culture mash-up-call this novel what you will, but READY PLAYER ONE will defy every label you try to put on it. Here, finally, is this generation's Neuromancer."--Will Lavender, New York Times bestselling author of Dominance

"I really, really loved READY PLAYER ONE...Cline expertly mines a copious vein of 1980s pop culture, catapulting the reader on a light-speed adventure in an advanced but backward-looking future."-- Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse

"A nerdgasm...imagine Dungeons and Dragons and an 80s video arcade made hot, sweet love, and their child was raised in Azeroth."--John Scalzi, New York Times bestselling author of Old Man's War

"Completely fricking awesome...This book pleased every geeky bone in my geeky body. I felt like it was written just for me."--Patrick Rothfuss, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wise Man's Fear

"An exuberantly realized, exciting, and sweet-natured cyber-quest. Cline's imaginative and rollicking coming-of-age geek saga has a smash-hit vibe."--Booklist, starred review

"This adrenaline shot of uncut geekdom, a quest through a virtual world, is loaded with enough 1980s nostalgia to please even the most devoted John Hughes fans... sweet, self-deprecating Wade, whose universe is an odd mix of the real past and the virtual present, is the perfect lovable/unlikely hero."--Publishers Weekly, Pick of the Week

Review

"The science-fiction writer John Scalzi has aptly referred to READY PLAYER ONE as a "nerdgasm" [and] there can be no better one-word description of this ardent fantasy artifact about fantasy culture...But Mr. Cline is able to incorporate his favorite toys and games into a perfectly accessible narrative."--Janet Maslin, "The New York Times"
"Triggers memories and emotions embedded in the psyche of a generation...[Cline crafts] a fresh and imaginative world from our old toy box, and finds significance in there among the collectibles. " A-"--Entertainment Weekly
""A most excellent ride...the conceit is a smart one, and we happily root for [the heroes] on their quest...fully satisfying."--"Boston Globe"
"Enchanting..."Willy Wonka" meets the "Matrix." This novel undoubtedly qualifies Cline as the hottest geek on the planet right now. [But] you don't have to be a geek to get it."--"USA Today "
"Ridiculously fun and large-hearted, and you don't have to remember the Reagan administration to love it...[Cline] takes a far-out premise and engages the reader instantly...You'll wish you could make it go on and on."--NPR.org
"A fun, funny and fabulously entertaining first novel...This novel's large dose of 1980s trivia is a delight...[but] even readers who need Google to identify Commodore 64 or Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde, will enjoy this memorabilian feast."--"Cleveland Plain Dealer
"
"The grown-up's 'Harry Potter'...the mystery and fantasy in this novel weaves itself in the most delightful way, and the details that make up Mr. Cline's world are simply astounding. READY PLAYER ONE has it all."--"Huffington Post"
"Incredibly entertaining...Drawing on everything from "Back to the Future" to Roald Dahl to Neal Stephenson's groundbreaking "Snow Crash," Cline has made READY PLAYER ONE a geek fantasia, '80s culture memoir and commentary on the future of online behavior all at once."--"Austin American-Statesman
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2482 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (18 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CVWWJY
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 1,360 customer reviews
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Loved this. As a computer and gaming geek in the eighties and nineties, I related to much of the extensive research gone into by Mr Cline (who I feel has to be a geek too). Although extensively description for the first half of the book, Cline holds you in place with an excellent depiction of a very plausible world in the not-to-distant future. His creation of a virtual world that many people 'live in' alongside real life, being the logical extension of current MMORPGs, is done with skill and flair. His constant entanglement of old computers, games and music with his protagonist's life-threatening goal is nothing short of brilliant.

I consumed it through audio, and Will Wheaton, aka the young Ensign Crusher from Star Trek, did the job perfectly.

I found some of the descriptions a little long and bordered on the tedious, but after the second half the story really got going and held the tension well to a respectable finish.
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This book blew me away, it wasn't fantastically well written, it wasn't a literary classic, it won't be for but as for me i loved it.

I don't know why it took me so long to get a copy, I read the synopsis a few times and had it in my want to read list for ages but just never got around to it, I'm so pleased I did.

Let's get the bad out of the way;
World building; not a great deal of depth, you get the dystopian gist and enough to set a scene. That covers the real world, as for the virtual world it's pretty much up to you to prove together your favourite childhood games, movies and music to visualise what is possible within the 'Oasis'.

Writing; a bit rushed, not a great deal of elegance, and the arc and it's build ups and conclusions along the way are pretty obvious.

Every now and then you feel like your having some pointless 80s information or quote or reference thrown in your face for no reason.

Now for the good;
The main characters are just normal chubby spotty nerds, social rejects who live there life through third virtual selfs where they can be whoever and whatever they want. They are relatable, loveable, annoying and hilarious to read.

The pace of this book never stopped, never had a dull moment, never went stale. One minute battling through a DnD quest in the virtual world, hammering old 80s video games, playing through classic movies, then in the real world fighting, running and infiltrating a militarised evil corporation, masturbating with latex dolls, falling in love and just generally coming of age.
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My husband, who is a WoW gamer, bought and read this book on my Kindle, thoroughly enjoyed it, and recommended I read it too, as I'm very familiar with 'gaming', especially now, as it's being made into a film by Stephen Spielberg with Simon Pegg as Morrow! Well, it was a very different genre for me, but kept me interested throughout, though some of it was 'over my head' as not a true gamer, fortunately my husband was at hand to enlighten me and it did capture me enough to find out how our hero and his friends saved the day! So, a recommended read for those who enjoy gaming, but also enjoyable if you like reading futuristic si-fi tales and in a broken, bleak, dystopian society, OASIS is where I too would want to spend my life!
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Started this yesterday and it immediately sucked me in. I loved the premise - billionaire computer games developer dies and leaves a fortune to the first person to find an Easter egg hidden in the virtual world he created.

As we meet the principal protagonist we find that the world of the 2040s is in bad shape. The planet is beset with rampant global warming, economic collapse and the majority of its inhabitants living on government subsidies. So far, so, standard dystopian future! However the thing that moves this from a standard YA dystopia and into the realm of a bestseller are three key features; the hero Wade Watts, the world building and the massive amount of 80’s pop culture references.

Wade has real problems to struggle against; no mother or father, living on his own, no friends his own age and only the quest for the easter egg to keep him focused. A fat kid from the wrong side of town living on his wits and natural intelligence. With no friends or family he has to constantly fight for everything he possess.

The world building is excellent with the reader immediately able to visualise the world of deprivation, global warming and the end of oil. A world so terrible that most of the population has moved into the virtual world to get away from the grim reality of everyday life. The mechanics of the virtual world are also well detailed and thought out. As I was reading the book I kept thinking of a fully immersive version of Warcraft. The book is written from a first person perspective. The reader effectively lives inside Wade's head, which helps a lot with Wade being able to explain a lot of the 80's cultural references.

About half way through we meet the evil corporation trying to thwart our heroes plans.
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